Category Archives: New Hampshire

Celebrate Franco-American Culture in New Hampshire!

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                               Contact: Chris RyallNovember 12, 2010                                                                                                                                                                                      Tel: (888) 423-3995 

  CELEBRATE FRANCO-AMERICAN CULTURE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE!New Franco-American Heritage Tour Added to Website 

TORONTO  – Visitors to New Hampshire can now celebrate the rich Franco-American culture of Manchester with a new self-guided tour.  Officials with the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) today announced the addition of the Franco-American Heritage Tour to the website. The tour showcases the legacy of the French in Manchester, through dining, history, culture and landmarks.  The tour can be found on under Historical Itineraries in the Planning and Travel Tools section. 

“Manchester is rich with cultural traditions, especially the Franco-American culture,” explains Tina Dittrich, Executive Director of the Franco-American Centre. “Immigrants from Canada began arriving in the late 1800’s to staff the bustling Amoskeag Mills, and they established neighbourhoods throughout the city called ‘little Canadas’ to express the culture that they brought with them from across the border. The new immigrants incorporated their food, traditions and religion to the Queen City and this culture can still be observed today.”  

The tour features dining on traditional French fare at Chez Vachon, the Red Arrow Diner, and Richard’s Bistro, as well as historical landmarks, including the Millyard Museum and the Franco-American Centre. The Franco-American Centre ( offers French classes, shows French films, and conducts various special events with French artists and writers.  Guests can also trace their roots at the American-Canadian Genealogical Society, all right in Manchester’s downtown, which offers countless cultural attractions in New Hampshire. 

“This should have particular interest for those from Quebec as well as other Canadians with French heritage,” said Chris Ryall, Canadian Representative for the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development.   “It’s no surprise Quebec is our number one generator of visitors from Canada representing more than 52 percent of all overnight visitors to New Hampshire .”  

Manchester is the perfect place to experience and learn about Franco-American culture. Visitors can enjoy some of the city’s traditional French eateries, explore the architecture of the mill buildings and churches, and see the financial imprint the immigrants left on Manchester with Saint Mary’s Bank. 

“At one time, New Hampshire had almost 30 mills and mill complexes and the French Canadians played a major role in the workings of the manufacturing industry in the state,” said Dittrich.  “The French speaking farmers of Quebec, tempted by the promise of steady work, began migrating to Manchester.  We are delighted to honour and celebrate their historic journey and their contributions to the culture of our community.” 

One can find the French influence throughout New Hampshire so don’t be surprised if you here locals speak French.   It all starts at the border with the state welcome sign in French and English.   The New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development has recently enhanced its website,  and added a number of new features including themed itineraries, up to date event listings, and other features.  Start planning your trip and start saving.    To find out more about New Hampshire or to receive a free visitor’s guide, call 1-800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) or visit Canadian travel trade and media may call 1-888-423-3995, or email

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 





Using Facebook and Twitter, Moe Snow Keeps Visitors Updated on Available
Discounted Packages and Current Snow Conditions


TORONTO –  While Winter doesn’t officially arrive until next week, many of
New Hampshire’s ski resorts are open for business with early season skiing
and snowboarding in full swing, according to Moe Snow,  local
spokes-snowball for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism

“Many of New Hampshire’s ski resorts are offering top-notch conditions, even
this early in the season,” said Moe Snow.  “With several snow storms rolling
through the region last week dumping nearly a foot of fresh snow, and with
chilly snow-making weather in the forecast for later this week, it’s shaping
up to be a great holiday vacation week.  Check out my website
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the latest holiday deals and promotions!”

Moe Snow and his virtual family were introduced at the Boston Ski &
Snowboard Expo in Boston on November 19, as part of the state’s launch of
its winter promotion with Ski NH. As the unofficial guide to “all things
winter in New Hampshire,” Moe Snow and his virtual family – Constance, Joey,
and Powder — will keep visitors to New Hampshire updated on all the on- and
off-slope activities and great deals throughout the winter season.

According to Chris Ryall, Canadian Representative for the New Hampshire
Division of Travel and Tourism Development, Moe Snow’s Facebook page
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been a big hit, offering updates and discussions on what’s new and
noteworthy.  Moe Snow also has his own Twitter account
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often promotes specials through text messaging.  Moe Snow also provides
links to resources and posts videos showing current snow conditions in New

“With many Canadians heading off for the holidays, we’re excited about
having Moe Snow keep our winter visitors informed and entertained about the
variety of activities available in New Hampshire, both on and off the slopes
during the winter,” said Ryall.   “With the Canadian dollar almost at par,
no sales tax in New Hampshire, and many inns, hotels and resorts offering
incredible deals, New Hampshire is an affordable getaway this winter.”     

New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development’s partner Ski NH
( – which includes all the winter snow resorts and attractions
in the state – is thrilled to be a part of this fun and engaging program
which allows all of our partners to easily stay in touch with our winter
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includes listings of off slope activities, on slope activities, special
promotions, winter resources, Ski NH video, and event listings.

“With 39 alpine and cross-country ski areas, over 35 terrain parks, 11
snowtubing parks and 7,000 miles of snowmobile
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New Hampshire is the place to be,” said Moe Snow.  “I can show you where to
find every type of snowy conditions within this great state, from freshly
fallen powder to groomed corduroy moguls and everything in between. And one
of the best things about skiing and riding in New Hampshire is the great
value. You’ll get more for your money here with affordable
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tickets, programs
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To find out more about New Hampshire or to receive a free visitor’s guide,
call               1-800-FUN-IN-NH         1-800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) or visit  <> Canadian travel trade and media may call               1-888-423-3995         1-888-423-3995, or
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